ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q G-SYNC Monitor Reviewccokeman - August 11, 2014
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ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q Conclusion:
When you get down to it, the facts are that even with a TN panel being used for the high refresh rate, the ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync monitor delivers great picture quality and truly impressive gaming. I could go on all day long about how smooth each of the games played while testing this monitor, but ultimately not be able to show you without having you sit at the desk with me. No stuttering, no tearing, no lag; it's like getting that new car and having all the sales hype end up being right on the money. When I flip back and forth between my 60Hz monitor and the PC278Q, its like a night and day experience.
The resolution was perfectly suited for this panel and did not create situations where the menus or text were too small to read with my admittedly older eyes. The viewing angle of 170 degrees allowed for a good bit of head movement during games without losing clarity or even color as you get too far from the side or over/under the screen. This monitor has plenty of adjustability to get the screen just where you need it during gameplay. Visually, the monitor looks the part of a gaming centric setup thanks to the ROG styling. The slim bezels make for less distraction while gaming for me and will prove out their worth when running up to three of these in a Surround configuration.
Packing in all kinds of technology usually means that something got left out, but so far through my testing of the features, you get what is advertised. ASUS has the specs down and delivered a really nice addition to its ROG product line-up, and only enhanced the experience by bringing G-Sync along for the ride. But G-Sync is only one of the supported technologies; you also get 3D Vision 2 support and Ultra Low Motion Blur (to clean up the ghosting seen in traditional panels). Pricing, as expected, looks to be steep for a non-4K monitor, but the gaming experience alone sells this monitor. There are those who will not like the fact that this is an NVIDIA-specific product for use with cards from the GTX 650 on up, but everyone has preferences and if one does better than the other, so be it. At this point, I can't say anything other than I think I just found the newest addition to my gaming gear.
- Slim bezel
- G-Sync technology
- 3D Vision 2 support
- Ultra Low Motion Blur
- Excellent picture
- Great gaming
- DP 1.2 connection
- USB 3.0 functionality